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Old 11-19-2012, 12:43 PM
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Looks great! I love the springs.
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Re: Grand Willys project


We have touch down.


Wasn't sure if I would reach my goal of getting a roller before the end of the year, but made it without taking any shortcuts.


Swaybar is pretty big at 36 mm solid the same as the SRT version. Should help its road handling a lot which is what this is built for.


I now can compare its height compared to the Grand Cherokee was before strip down. Front dropped an 1.5" with the 2.5" lowering springs and the rear is actually an 1" higher than the stock springs due to the lack of rear weight. No rear doors, hatch, roof, rear seat and glass etc. adds up to quiet a bit and wont be added back. Will drop some more once the tray and cab etc are added though, so hopefully level out.


Just running the donor wheels and tyres for the moment. They wheels are 17x7.5 with 6.25" of back spacing, ET +50.8. Tyres 245/65R17 which measure 29.5" tall. I looking at running some 17x8.5" Centerline Forged Smoothies with ET +32. These will more the tyres outwards 3/4" each side. Tyres will be either 235/80R17, if they will be alright on that wide a rim, or failing that, 245/75R17. Both measure 32" tall.




Posted a walk around video.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:10 PM
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Re: Grand Willys project

wow it's really cool seeing it sitting on the ground! it's come so far so quickly! great job.
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congrats on the roller very impressive
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:40 AM
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Re: Grand Willys project

loooking good maybe it will be running before the end of the year
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Looks awesome!! Are you going to be tearing it back down and powdercoating the frame?
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Marcus now what are we supposed to do 'till you get back? It's just plain beautiful bud!
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Your knowledge really is mind-blowing. I've learned more in this thread then I did in Automotive 101. Keep the updates coming!
Agreed. I've learned more about framework in this thread than in 30+ years of automotive tinkering.

The posts and accompanying pics are high enough quality and so well written, you've basically given a step-by-step of how to do this project on your own.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Thanks for the comments guys.
This is the last update for the year as will be heading to Mt Everest base camp tomorrow to climb up to it in the middle of winter! Also seeing Bhutan and India before hand. Christmas day will be at base camp if all goes well and new years in Singapore on a resort island recovering!
The frame will be completely stripped in a few years time after all the body work is done along with the mounts for it, wires and lines etc. Don't want to be doing any welding of brackets or drilling into the frame after paint if I can help it. Wont be powder coated as this will be a driver and want something easier to touch up.
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I better see this project on TV.
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